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THE NEW WORLD  ORDER
Most of us have believed up to the last moment
that somewhere distributed among the banks and
city offices in a sort of world counting-house,
there were books of accounts, multitudinous
perhaps and intricate, but ultimately proper
accounts. Only now is it dawning upon com-
fortable decent people that the counting-house
is in a desperate mess, that codes seem to have
been lost, entries made wrong, additions gone
astray down the column, records kept in vanishing
ink. , . .
For years there has been a great and growing
literature about money. It is very various but
it has one general characteristic. First there is a
swift exposure of the existing system as wrong.
Then there is a glib demonstration of a new
system which is right. Let this be done or that
be done, " let the nation own its own money"',
says one radio prophet earnestly, repeatedly,
simply, and all will be well. These various
systems of doctrine run periodicals, organise
movements (with coloured shirt complete), meet,
demonstrate. They disregard each other com-
pletely and contradict each other flatly. And
without exception all these monetary reformers
betray signs of extreme mental strain.
The secret trouble in their minds is a gnawing
doubt that their own proper " plan *% the
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